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Value of a Bryan Education WJB Christian Statesman Closure spring 2009 


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Faculty/Staff Notes - Page 16 

Center For Law and Public Policy - Page 17 

Closure - Page 18 

Lion Tracks - Page 20 

Remembering Bryan - Page 24 

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Obeying the scriptural mandate to give honor where honor is due, we give special 
recognition in March to our namesake, William Jennings Bryan, as we celebrate his 149th 
birthday! We owe so much to this giant in the faith who embodied what we desire of our 
students. Our mission is to encourage among our students vocational excellence coupled with a 
fervent desire to use their calling to live out Jesus Christ in a culture that increasingly does not 
know Him. 

I know you will rejoice with me as you read in this edition of Bryan Life the influence and 
accomplishments of our students across the vocational spectrum — from state music honors to 
public policy discussions in Washington, D.C., to embracing the challenge of the genocide in 
Sudan. Our God continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our students as we launch 
the new Center for Law and Public Policy and celebrate groundbreaking for our new entrance 
and road to campus. 

On a beautiful February 6, a new chapter was initiated in the 79th year of Bryan's history. The 
long-awaited groundbreaking near U.S. Route 27 became a reality and launched Bryan toward an 
exciting new era. The entrance and roadway are crucial elements for our realizing the plans for 
Vision 2020, our master plan for Bryan in the next decade. 

All of the new programs and facilities that are necessary for Bryan to thrive in 2020, to more 
effectively live out our mission, and to expand our influence as a leader in Christian higher 
education are now becoming a reality. In addition to enhanced access and visibility for the 
campus, the new entrance provides opportunities for a new theatre, a physical home for the five 
Centers of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice, a new athletic complex, a new 
administration building, and other facilities that will enable us to serve 1,200 students on campus 
by the year 2020. 

During a time of recession and disheartening economic news, isn't it just like our God to 
demonstrate His power and sovereignty to move His work forward? It is to Him that we give 
all the glory, for only He could have opened this new chapter in our future during times such 
as these. Even as the measure and stature of that great Christian statesman and our namesake, 
William Jennings Bryan, continues to grow in the life of our college, even more so we marvel at 
the goodness of our great God as He fulfills the plans He has for all of us. 

I hope you will plan to return to campus soon and see what God is doing in the lives of our 
students — followers of Christ learning to live out the gospel wherever God leads them with an 
active and authentic faith. 

Stephen D. Livesay 

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More than 100 years after 
William Jennings Bryan 
pointed out the critical 
importance of moral values to 
education, the college named in his 
memory is firmly committed to that 

Historically, the concept of a 
''noble purpose'' — one could say 
"Christian education" — was not 
unusual. But today, only a small 
percentage of the 3,500 colleges and 
universities in the United States even 
claim to be Christian. Bryan College 
is among the few that intentionally 
challenge students to live their 
faith in every aspect of their lives, 
including their academic disciplines. 
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. 

Livesay said, "The greatest challenge 
I see in Christian higher education is 
that many have adopted the concept of 
educating the mind, leaving a Christian 
worldview relegated to the 'spiritual' 
realm. Bryan is distinctive in that we 
believe true education is more than just 
expanding our base of knowledge; that 
education involves the whole person." 
Guests to campus often notice this. 
When Robert Walker, producer of a 
documentary on genocide in Sudan, 
visited Bryan in February, he told 
President Livesay, "There are only a 
couple of schools like Bryan; you have 
a heart for people and are faithful to 

the Scriptures. You're not trying to be 
just an educational institution." 

In his visit, Mr. Walker caught a 
glimpse of Bryan's commitment to 
education which touches the mind, 
heart, soul, and strength of students. 

I want our students to have 

a life of fulfillment, of 

adventure, ofi^ur^ose, where 

God takes a life m a direction 

He knows. 

This is a goal proclaimed by the 
president, embraced by the faculty, 
and lived out through the Spiritual 
Formation department in the Office of 
Student Life. 

"I want our students to have a life of 
fulfillment, of adventure, of purpose, 
where God takes a life in a direction He 
knows," Dr. Livesay said. "That only 
comes from a heart transformed and 
given to God. We can educate the head 
in all areas, but if we don't apply a 
Christian worldview, if the heart is not 
surrendered to Christ, we're missing 
the mark." 

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal 
White is responsible in large measure 
for the classroom learning offered at 
Bryan, but he is very supportive of 
the educational process that goes on 
outside the classroom, whether in Italy, 
in internships around the world, or in 
Christian Life Formation (CLF) classes 
on campus. 

"We have distinctive programs 
such as the origins minor you can't 
find anywhere else," Dr. White said. 
"Our worldview and CLF classes are 
unique. We are looking for a value- 
added component in three areas: 
academically, spiritually, and socially. 

In surveys we do see this by-in-large in 
most of our graduates." 

Academically, the value of a Bryan 
education begins with the quality of 
teachers in the classroom. 

"Our strong preference is that (new 
professors) come with their doctorates 
in hand," Dr. White said. 

"Of the 18 people I've had a hand 
in hiring, 13 came with their Ph.D. or 
terminal degrees, and three are in the 
process. We need people with degrees 
who can communicate well, who can 
relate to students." 

Spiritually, close attention is paid to 
a prospective faculty member's faith. 
"We ask them to clearly articulate 
their faith in Christ and how that will 
have an impact in the classroom," 
Dr. White explained. "People who 
apply have a very clear understanding 
about what we are. There can't be any 
doubt about their faith. That's too big 
a risk to hire someone who could be a 
misfit spiritually or from a worldview 

A professor's Christian faith 
becomes a bridge to encourage 
students spiritually in cooperation 
with, or in addition to, efforts from the 
Office of Spiritual Formation. 
Dr. White, in fact, credits Matt Benson, 

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dean of spiritual formation, with being 
a major factor to bring the academic 
branch of the college closer in tune 

to efforts in the office of student 
life. Mr. Benson, on the other hand; 
sees the growing relationship as 
a natural outgrowth of a correct 
understanding that Christ's 
redemption extends to every 
aspect of a person, intellectually, 
emotionally, socially, and physically. 

''We want to develop in faculty, 
staff, and students an awareness of our 
redemptive place in the world," Mr. 
Benson said. "Frankly, that is what we 
are about as a college. 

"At Bryan, it has always been 
our desire to embrace not just the 
philosophy of truth and the defense of 
truth, but rather the God who is truth; 
incarnate truth lived out in integrity. 

humility, and compassion drawing 
those around us to a relationship with 
Jesus Christ." 

In one of the cross-departmental 
efforts that new students experience 
first, students take a Christian 
Life Formation 101 class "as an 
introduction to Bryan and the values 
behind it," said Ben Norquist, assistant 
director of spiritual formation. "We 
want them to anticipate more than 
topical mastery at Bryan. They already 

At Bryan, it has always hem 

our desire to embrace not ju5t 

tke pkilosopli)/ of truth and the 

defense of truth, hut rather the 

God Who 15 truth. 

are looking forward to having their 
minds on the table for shaping, but 
having college affect their hearts, their 
values, their character is a new idea 
to most. We want them to be open to 
a whole-life transformation. That's a 
task, because the typical freshman is 
anticipating college touching only his 
or her mind." 

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Mr. Benson said in light of the state 
of Christendom today, "I'm concerned 
with the emphasis on loving God with 
our minds. We think we've figured 
out how to love God with our hearts, 
and now we're taking on our minds. 
But I question whether we really know 
how to love God in light of our deep 
fallenness in all aspects. 

"Students today are not asking 'is 
it true?' but 'does it work?' 'Is it big 
enough?' They see people saying one 
thing but see their lives crumbling. 
They want to see lives of integrity." 
"Lifetime" is a concept that comes 
up in discussions about a Bryan 
education again and again. Rachel 
Welch, a senior communication 
studies major who also serves as 
president of the Student Government 
Association, said the liberal arts 
emphasis "encourages us to look 
at life as an opportunity to learn, 
instead of concentrating on one thing 
to prepare for a job." 

Mr. Norquist said even the 
traditional ministries of Practical 
Christian Involvement are being 
strategically positioned to encourage 
students to cultivate a lifetime of 
service and ministry. "PCI is more than 
an opportunity to serve others. It is 
producing some goads for those of us 

who are all too comfortable staying 
within the walls of the church. PCI 
is cultivating values that propel us 
into outward kingdom living for a 

Certainly activities and programs 
are important in this holistic 
approach, but students are engaged 
in developing their minds and hearts 
in activities as simple as watching a 
movie with friends. Miss Welch said. 

''When students watch a movie at 
open dorm, rarely do they turn it off 

and just leave. So many times someone 
will comment about the movie based 
on what they have learned in class or 
something they have been meditating 
on. There are good discussions about 
things students care about." 

A professor's ability to communicate 
comfortably with students one-on-one, 
not just in a classroom, is critical to this 
process as well. 

"Most professors seek to make 
themselves available to students," Miss 
Welch said. "They offer themselves. 
You can go into the cafeteria and see 
students meeting with professors, 
talking about class or other things. 

There is not so much an attitude of 
'I'm the professor and you digest 
what I tell you,' but an invitation for 
co-scholarship. That happens a lot, 
and it's a critical distinctive for Bryan 

This close student-faculty bond is 
important for programs such as the 
Italy Abroad Semester, where students 
travel to Saints Bible Institute in San 
Lorenzo, Italy, and take 19 hours of 
classes in a modular format. Bryan 
professors travel to Italy for a week or 
two to teach their classes and spend 
time with the students, helping them 
deal with life in a foreign setting, in 
a culture that knows very little about 
evangelical Christianity. 

But it also is appropriate as faculty 
and staff are invited to lead CLF 
courses with students throughout the 
year, reading and discussing "how 
should I live?" Mr. Benson said. "We 
are trying to hit people where they 
are living, and where they will be 
living in 10 years. Our goal is to see 60 
years of fruitful living. We have to pay 
attention to what Christ is about, what 
a relationship with God is about, living 
in community, about fruitful living." 

Although this is a long-term goal, it 

has short-term ramifications. 
"The atmosphere at Bryan 
encourages a holistic education," 
Miss Welch said. "When I hear Dr. 
Livesay share these things I respect 
his leadership. That attracts students 
who want this experience. We come 
here to learn that way, and this 
allows us to do that." 

As the college grows, the 
administration is committed to 
maintaining the personal touch 
that fosters this type of educational 
experience. "This is not just based 
on size," Dr. White said. "As we have 

gone from 500 to 750 (traditional 
students) we have been able to 
maintain this, and I think we can do 
it at 1,200 as well. The people make 
the difference. I think all the Bryan 
professors have bought into the idea 
that being a Christian and being a 
Christian scholar are not separate 
things, but are intertwined." 

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William Jennings Bryan: 

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By Jack W. Traylor 

The student of American history would be hard pressed 
to name anyone who more completely embodied the 
identity of a Christian and a statesman than William 
Jennings Bryan. There have been outstanding Christian 
spokesmen—evangelists, revivalists, and authors, and there 
have been statesmen — those who dedicated their lives to 
serving America by trying to make it a better place in both 
foreign and domestic affairs. But when a search is made 
to find someone who combines the two, Bryan would first 
come to mind. 

When Bryan arrived 
in Dayton, Tenn., in 
the summer of 1925, 
to join the prosecution 
of John T. Scopes for 
allegedly teaching 
evolution in the public 
school contrary to state 
law, many considered 
Bryan to be the leading 
Christian in the nation. 
He was considered a 
fundamentalist in that 
he openly stood for the 
fundamental teachings of 
the faith — the inerrancy 
of Scripture, salvation 
by faith in the divine Christ, and the ministry of the Holy 
Spirit, among others — at a time when modernists were 
attacking one or more of these doctrines. But beyond that, 
he also was one of the most highly esteemed political figures 
in the country, particularly for one who never rose to the 

In looking at his record in all of these public service 
endeavors, it is clear that his views and stands were 
determined by what he saw as true fidelity to Biblical 

The roots of Bryan's Biblical beliefs may be traced back 
to his fourteenth year when he attended a revival, accepted 
Christ as his Savior, and was baptized. He had attended 
church and Sunday school faithfully up to that time, but 
he regarded this as the true beginning of his walk with the 

Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century 
America was a cauldron of competing and contentious 
doctrines and ideologies. Darwinism already was making 
an impact in the public arena, with Social Darwinists 
believing that government should not upset the natural 
order and become involved in economic affairs, and Reform 

Darwinists viewing government 
as the best vehicle to create a more 
equitable society. Manifest Destiny 
supporters and later Imperialists 
believed the U.S should expand its 
borders and willingly get involved in 
foreign matters, such as supporting the uprising of the 
Cubans against Spanish rule in 1898, and by bringing the 
former Spanish-held Philippine Islands under American 
territorial rule, as was done in the U.S. suppression of the 
Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1902. Supporters of laissez- 
faire economics backed freedom for wealthy financiers and 
industrialists to earn high profits, even at the expense of 
downtrodden laborers and hard-pressed farmers. Defenders 
of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages were at 
odds with prohibitionists who increasingly saw liquor as 
the basis for a seemingly mounting tide of corruption and 
immorality in America. 

In each of these conflicts, Bryan consistently sided 
with those he believed Christ would have identified 
with — labor and particularly farmers against big business, 
anti-imperialism against imperialism, abstinence from the 
use of alcohol against the liquor industry. Each of his three 
presidential campaigns highlighted one of the first two of 
these conflicts. 

The presidential campaign of 1896 in many ways is the 
best known of the three — Bryan also ran for president in 
1900 and 1908. But in the first of these — at just 36 years of 
age — he electrified the nation, bringing about an almost 
revival-level fervency among his supporters and creating 
equally intense fear among his opponents at what might 
result from his presidency. The hallmarks of his campaign 
that year were support for free silver — which would 
have expanded the currency and helped debtors, such as 
farmers — and the nationalization of the railroad industry, 
also in an effort to aid farmers. His opponent. Republican 

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William McKinley, won the popular vote only by a few 
percentage points, and the turnout of eligible voters in the 
election — while not the highest in U.S. history —has not been 
surpassed since. Over three-fourths of those who could vote, 
cast their ballots in the presidential election of 1896. 

In 1900, Bryan ran again against McKinley, but this time 
the issue focused more on imperialism. As mentioned, the 
U.S. had acquired the Philippines from Spain in the Spanish 
American War, but a number of Filipino insurgents, and 
a number of Americans including Bryan, did not think 
that a country that had begun in a rebellion against foreign 
colonial rule, the United States, should reverse roles and 
acquire colonies of its own. Again, McKinley prevailed. 
But an interesting dimension of Bryan's Christian thought 
developed about this time. He increasingly focused on 
Christ's Sermon on the Mount as a guide to ideas about 
foreign policy. Bryan was becoming more pacifistic in his 
Biblical interpretation. He developed a friendship with 
Russian Christian pacifist Leo Tolstoy and even traveled to 
Russia to visit him at one point. 

In the presidential election of 1908, in which Bryan 
opposed the Republican William Howard Taft, a dominant 
issue was control and regulation of business trusts. Both 
agreed in the basic premise, differing more on how it should 
be done. 

After Bryan lost the 1908 election, he soon became 
affiliated with the man who would become the next 
president, Woodrow Wilson, for whom he served as 
secretary of state beginning in 1913. But again Bryan's 
increasing distrust of military means to settle foreign policy 
disputes dictated his actions, as he resigned his cabinet 
position in 1915, believing Wilson was taking a pro-British 
stand in the expanding World War. Subsequent events 
proved Bryan right. 

During the last decade of his life, Bryan devoted much 
of his energy to the support of prohibition, which became 
national policy in 1919, and to a defense of Biblical creation, 
which led him to come to Dayton to participate in the Scopes 

Critics of Bryan sometimes point to his seemingly 
inconsistent positions on various policy issues. And 
while those can be found in his life and the lives of nearly 
every public figure, what stands out more clearly is his 
consistency in applying Biblical principles as he saw them 
to the important issues of his day. From the time he made 
his commitment to Christ as Savior at age 14, to his death in 
Dayton shortly after the Scopes Trial at age 65, he seems to 
have carried this out quite consistently. 

For further study: 

Cherny, Robert W. A Righteous Cause: The Life of William 
Jennings Bryan. Boston: Little Brown, 1985. Sees Bryan as a 
nnoral crusader although portrays his support for prohibition 
and fundannentalisnn as backward looking. 

Clennents, KendrickA. William Jennings Bryan: Missionary 
Isolationist Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1982. 
Places Bryan's foreign policy ideas within the context of his 
Christian connnnitnnents. 

Coletta, Paolo E. William Jennings Bryan: Political Puritan, 
1915-1925. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. 
Focuses on Bryan's final decade as he cannpaigned for peace, 
prohibition, wonnen's suffrage, and creationisnn. 

Glad, Paul W. McKinley Bryan, and the People. Philadelphia: J. 
B. Lippincott, 1964. Classic study of the 1896 cannpaign by one 
of the prennier historians of the era. 

Kazin, Michael. A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings 
Bryan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Recent study which 
ennphasizes synthesis of Bryan's Biblical principles and political 

Taylor, Jeff. Where Did the Party Go? William Jennings Bryan, 
Hubert Humphrey and the Jeffersonian Legacy. Colunnbia: 
University of Missouri Press, 2006. Connects Bryan with the 
Jeffersonian foundation of the Dennocratic party 

Dr. Jack Traylor is professor of history at Bryan College. 

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Two New Vice 

Two vice presidents have been 
named at Bryan, one to the new posi- 
tion of vice president for enrollment 
management and one as vice president 
for advancement. 

Michael Sapienza, who most re- 
cently served as 
director of enroll- 
ment manage- 
ment, is the new 
vice president for 
enrollment man- 
agement, and W. 
Blake Hudson 
is vice president 
for advancement. 
President Livesay 
Dr. Livesay said Mr. Sapienza, 
''will be working actively with many 
departments on campus, coordinat- 
ing a campus-wide effort in attracting 
students and maximizing our retention 

Mr. Sapienza came to Bryan five 
years ago as director of financial aid, 
and was named director of admissions 
and financial aid before taking the 
enrollment management post. 

While he will retain responsibilities 
in admissions and financial aid, "I will 
have a more big-picture focus. Because 
of the economy and economic uncer- 
tainty, the president and the cabinet felt 
this was a good time to examine what 
we do and why we do it. The challenge 
is for Bryan to take a holistic approach 
to how we interact with students. 
We want to make sure that at every 
touch point we give the best possible 

Mr. Sapienza is a graduate of 
Franklin Pierce College with a degree 
in financial management. He is nearing 
completion of a Master's degree in 

communication leadership from Spring 
Arbor University. He and his wife, 
Claudia, live in Evensville, Tenn., with 
their children Cammie, 5, and Colin, 2. 

Mr. Hudson will lead the advance- 
ment department's efforts in fund-rais- 
ing, alumni relations, public relations, 
and publications. Dr. Livesay said. 

Before coming to Bryan, Mr. 
Hudson served as vice president for 
advancement at Patrick Henry College 
in Purcellville, Va., and was director 
of development for the Bagley College 
of Engineering at the Mississippi State 
University Foundation. 

He is a graduate of Mississippi State 
University with a degree in industrial 
engineering. He worked as an indus- 
trial engineer with the Memphis Light, 
Gas and Water Co. before serving as 
associate director of fund development 
for the Southeast region for Campus 
Crusade for Christ. 

"Blake brings a strong record in the 
development field and shares a passion 
for high-quality Christian higher edu- 
cation that defines Bryan College," Dr. 
Livesay said. "I believe he will provide 
leadership in the advancement office 
that will help us take critical steps 
toward reaching our campus develop- 
ment goals as well as enhancing cur- 
rent initiatives at the college." 

Mr. Hudson said, "I am excited 
by the opportunity to join with Dr. 
Livesay and others at Bryan College to 
achieve the goals of Vision 2020," the 

college's long-range development plan. 
Mr. Hudson and his wife, Karla, are 
the parents of five children. 

Students Attend 
D.C. Conference 

Eight Bryan students attended the 
53rd annual Christian Student Leader- 
ship Conference in Washington, D.C, 
in January as part of Dr. William Ketch- 
ersid's Federal Seminar course. 

During their four days in Washing- 
ton the week before the presidential 
inauguration, students and Dr. Ketch- 
ersid attended policy briefings, visited 
the Pentagon, and heard presentations 
about faith and public life. 

The students: 

• Toured Central Union Mission, 
met some of the clients, and 
listened to speeches about poverty 
from CUM staff. 

• Heard a speech from retired Sen. 
Dan Coats in the Cannon House 
Office Building on how evangeli- 
cals can affect national policy. 

• Met and asked questions of Presi- 
dent Obama's Director of Religious 

• Heard presentations on the threat 
of nuclear terrorism. 

• Visited the Hart Senate Office 
Building where they heard Sen. 
Sam Brownback speak about the 

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need for keeping religious views 
in politics, and Senate Chaplain 
Rev. Barry Black, who stressed the 
importance of diligence and prayer 
in public service. 

• Toured the Pentagon and visited 
the September 11, 2001, memorial. 

• Toured the Federal Reserve, where 
economist Patrick McCabe talked 
about the government bailout of 

Student Paper Shows 
Writing Center Ideas 

Stephen Hill, a sophomore English 
major from Lakeland, Fla., recently 
became the first Bryan College Aca- 
demic Support 
Center consul- 
tant to present a 
research paper 
at a regional 
academic confer- 
ence. Center 
Director William 
Harle said. 

who also has 
a deep interest in the ancient Greek 
language, serves as a Greek tutor in the 
center and developed his presentation 
from his experience as a consultant. 

'Tast semester he took English 420, 
advanced composition theory and 
pedagogy, the class writing consultants 
normally take in their junior or senior 
year,'' Mr. Harle said. ''He read an 
article on minimalist tutoring, the idea 
of creating better writers rather than 
better writing, and started applying 
that to Greek tutoring, to make better 
translators instead of better transla- 

Stephen submitted an abstract of 
his paper to the Southeastern Writing 
Center Association on the use of writ- 
ing center pedagogy in ancient lan- 

guage tutoring, and "they responded 
almost immediately," Mr. Harle said. 
"They gave him the second presenta- 
tion on the first day of the conference." 

"Better Readers, Not Better Transla- 
tions: Applying Minimalist Tutoring 
to Ancient Languages," the topic of 
his paper, was presented in a session 
that included papers by students from 
Duke University, with discussion 
following between presenters, their 
supervisors, and the audience. 

"I enjoyed the opportunity to see 
what other people are doing and 
compare it with what we are doing in 
our writing center," Stephen said. "My 
paper was essentially taking writing 
center theory that has been around 
about 30 years and used mostly by 
younger people in contemporary situ- 
ations and applying it to older things 
such as Latin and Greek." 

Mr. Harle said this kind of experi- 
ence is good for undergraduates. "Fd 
like to see us doing more of this, giving 
our students this kind of exposure." 

And Stephen added, "Fd love to do 
it again. Fm already thinking about 
what I can do." 

Day of Prayer Focuses 
on 'Taith in Action'' 

"Faith in Action," theme for chapel 
services this semester, resounded 
throughout the Day of Prayer Feb. 19, 
as the Bryan community was chal- 
lenged to respond to genocide going 

on in Sudan today. 

A special feature of the day was a 
showing of the documentary "With 
Open Eyes." The film, produced by 
Frank Harrison and Robert Walker of 
Charlotte, N.C., shows the ravages of 
war and the enduring faith of Suda- 
nese Christians oppressed by their 
Muslim countrymen. 

Mr. Walker challenged students to 
pray for the needs in Sudan, to join the 
"SudanCan Campaign" (visit the web 
site at to support relief 
efforts and raise awareness to pressure 
American intervention in the crisis, 
and to ask friends and relatives to get 
involved in the same way. 

Mr. Harrison said the window for 
international intervention is narrowing 
as Sudan approaches the time for elec- 
tions to be held in 2011. "All the people 
I have talked with about the peace 
treaty say there will not be an election 
in 2011, that a year or so before there 
will be war because there is too much 
oil in the south for the Khartoum gov- 
ernment to allow that region to secede. 
"My hope is that young people will 
stand up and come up with creative 
ways to do something for Sudan." 
Dwight Sell, student government 
vice president for men's ministry, 
said Day of Prayer activities also in- 
cluded a 24-hour prayer and scripture 
reading marathon the day before, a 
sunrise hike, a prayer walk in Dayton 
with students praying for the com- 
munity, and a worship and prayer 
service to conclude the day. 

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The Day of Prayer continues a 
longstanding tradition for the college 
to set aside one day each semester for 
students, faculty and staff to pray for 
the needs of the college and commu- 

Annual Scholars 

Weekends Show 


Bryan College got a preview of the 
Class of 2013 in February, as nearly 150 
prospective students gathered for the 
annual Presidential Scholars and Music 
Performance Scholarship weekend Feb. 
6-7, and the Dean's Scholarship compe- 
tition Feb. 26-27. 

Michael Sapienza, vice president for 
enrollment management, said Presi- 
dential Scholar candidates interviewed 
with faculty members and Music 
Performance candidates auditioned for 
the nine Presidential Merit scholarships 
and one Music Performance scholar- 
ship that will be awarded. Dean's 
Scholarship candidates interviewed 
with faculty committees for the eight to 
10 Merit awards to be presented. 

A new feature for the Presidential 
weekend was a campus activities fair 
on Saturday. Twenty-four campus 
organizations showcased opportuni- 
ties ranging from rugby to Students 
Stopping the Trafficking of Persons. 'Tt 
was fantastic,'' Mr. Sapienza said. "We 
appreciate so much the students giv- 
ing up their time on Saturday. It was 
a great opportunity for parents and 

students to see 
what is avail- 
able at Bryan." 

At Friday 
night's ban- 
quet Student 
Rachel Welch 
told the stu- 
dents and their families that Bryan "is 
an excellent place to attend. Bryan is a 
place that effectively balances academic 
rigor with authentic Christian values," 
she said. "I can see the discipline I am 
studying in the light of the Gospel." 

Decosimo Lecture 
Wins Faculty Kudos 

A recent lecture series presentation 
has won high praise for its stimulating 
effect on students and the partnership 
which brought it about. 

Dr. Sebastian Vaduva presented the 
Decosimo Lecture on Global Busi- 
ness at the University of Tennessee- 
Chattanooga (UTC) and spoke at Bryan 
College in February, addressing the 
topic "The Integration of Romania into 
the European Union." Dr. Vaduva is 
dean of the Griffiths School of Manage- 
ment at Emanuel University of Oradea, 
Romania and managing partner of 
Advanced Solutions, Ltd., a business 
consulting and training firm in Oradea. 

A UTC business professor called his 
lecture "one of the outstanding events 
to ever take place on our campus. 
Nothing has generated so much con- 
versation. The students wrote papers 
on the lecture. Without a doubt, these 
are the best papers for a lecture I have 
ever received. It is obvious that they 
not only listened but were inspired by 
Dr. Vaduva." 

Dennis Miller, Bryan's executive 
director of external relations who 
arranged the presentation, said the 
lecture series highlights the increasing 
interconnectedness between business 
people worldwide, as well as the in- 
creased trade and commerce interde- 
pendence among nations. 

"I have been involved in organizing 
numerous international educational 
projects since 1991," he said. "I realized 
early on that American students are 
disadvantaged in many ways because 
we are geographically separated from 
the rest of the world by two oceans. My 
idea behind starting this lecture series 
was to expose students to a broader 
world of business and to help motivate 
and energize them to learn even more. 

"The Decosimo Lecture Series on 
Global Business is a program offered 
through the Bryan College Internation- 
al Development Center. Through this 
series we have been able to offer Bryan 
and UTC students the opportunity 
to learn from individuals who have a 
personal history of outstanding success 
in their areas of business or business 

127 Receive Diplomas 

in December 


The location was different, but the 
results were the same as 127 gradu- 
ates joined the ranks of Bryan College 
alumni on Dec. 19. 


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Bryan's second fall graduation was 
moved from campus to Chattanooga's 
Tivoli Theatre to accommodate the 
approximately 1,400 family and friends 
who celebrated with the 13 MBA and 
114 Bachelor's degree candidates. 

Graduation speaker Dr. David 
Banks, a 1990 Bryan graduate and 
president of Mpact Concepts, Destiny 
Institute, and pastor of The Empow- 
erment Church, told graduates, "I 
challenge you not to graduate and find 
a job, but to find something that can 
allow you to live with purpose, passion 
and potential. You were created not just 
to make a living to but have an impact, 
to make a difference." 

He encouraged them to remember 
the college motto, Christ Above All, 
and to keep Christ at the center of their 

College President Dr. Stephen D. 
Livesay congratulated the graduates 
for completing a course of study that 
was not easy. He added, "My enduring 
prayer for you is that you keep in mind 
the mission of the college, to see Jesus 
Christ at the very center of your lives. 
If you do that, we will have done our 
job well." 

During the ceremony. Dr. Robert 
Andrews, dean of graduate and profes- 
sional studies, presented the award 
for the best Aspire research project to 
Jennifer Saunders of Chattanooga. Dr. 
David Luther, chairman of the Bryan 
faculty, presented the award for the 
traditional student with the highest 
academic average to Bethel Ragland of 
Hodgensville, Ky 

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Fall Athletic 

Men s Soccer 

Academic All-Coiifereiice: 

Stephen Russell 

Hay den Lavo 
Nate McCown 
Tim Harris 

David Villanueva 
Chris Kloc 
Josh Courtright 

Academic All-Conference: 

Lyle Gifford Ryon Simon 

Carlos Pedro da Silva Daniel O'Kane 

2nd Team All-Conference: 

Raphael Correa 
Jacobo Gallardo 

3rd Team All-Conference: 

Jonathan Houghton 
Nate McCown 

w^ » c Appalachian Athletic Conferee 

women s oocccr ^"^"l. rnu . 

Co-Championsot Character 
Academic All-Conference: 

Chelsey Carson 
Carrie Cook 
Allison Cunningham 
Joy Hartman 
Jenn McCue 

Kara Nissley 
Lizy Peters 
Shelby Robinson 
Stephanie Wade 
Jana Watson 

2nd Team All-Conference: 

Carli Milligan 

3id Team All-Conference: 

Stephanie Wade 


Academic All-Conference: 

Kaylin Carswell 
Jessica Etress 
Amanda Manke 
Lauren Pratt 
Ashley Sours 
Alison Young 

AAC All-Conference 1st Team: 

Robin Renfroe (third time) 
Alison Young 
Amber Smith 



AAC All-Freshman Team: 

Jessica Kaya 

AAC All-Totimament Team: 

Robin Renfroe 

American Volleyball Coaches 
Association All-Region Team: 

Alison Young 

Honorable Mention: 

Robin Renfroe 

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Alison Young 
Robin Renfroe 

Bryan College will host the second annual William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program fund-raising 
dinner Thursday, April 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Convention Center. 

Proceeds from the dinner support the William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program, which provides 
financial aid to help deserving students from low-income families attend Bryan College. Some 30 
students are enrolled at the college this year as a result of assistance through the program. 

Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and former speechwriter and 
assistant to President George W. Bush, will be the featured speaker. 

For more information, for reservations, or to support the William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program, contact 
Steve Keck, director of development, by email at or by phone at 423-775-7581 or online at 

Thank You, William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Table Sponsors (os of March 18): 


BB&T Insurance - Huffaker and 


Jonathan and Pam Bennett 
Paul and Delana Bice 
Dale Buchanan & Associates 
Keith Buckner 
Rep. Jim Cobb, Sen. Bo Watson, 

Sen. Ken Yager 
Gary Conner/Unum 

J. Wayne and Diane Cropp 
Joseph F. Decosimo 
Dan and Linda Dorrill 
J.R. Fitch/Wachovia Securities 
Nathanial Goggans 
Ralph and Ruth Green 
John and Markie Haynes 
Erwin and Lane Latimer 
Stephen and Corinne Livesay 
Mickey and Martha Park 

T. Ramon and Trudy Perdue 
Larry and Patty Puckett 
Arliss and Mary Etta Roaden 
Dave and Betty Ruth Seera 
David Spoede 
Glenn and Jackie Stophel 
C. Barry and Laure Whitney 
Harold Williams/The 
Williams Company 
Jim and Pattie Wolfe 

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Bryan's long-awaited new 
entrance took a major step 
toward reality Feb. 6, as college 
and community officials broke ground 
for the first phase of the project, and 
the Bryan family is anticipating the 
Phase II groundbreaking April 17. 

President Livesay reminded the 
audience in February that the occasion 
Iwas a historic day in the life of the 
college, giving new impetus to the 
dream expressed by William Jennings 
Bryan in 1925 that Dayton might have 
"di Christian liberal arts college that 
puts Christ first. I am pleased to say 
that at Bryan College, 'Christ Above 
Air is not just words on paper but it is 
what we strive to live out every day'' 

He paid tribute to those who have 
labored for the entrance, remembering 
former Trustee Don Efird who told 
him that "I and others have prayed for 
40 years that God would give us a new 

State and community leaders taking 
part in the celebration included Sen. 
Ken Yager, Rep. Jim Cobb, Dayton 
Mayor Bob Vincent, and Rhea County 
Executive Billy Ray Patton. 

Sen. Yager said, "We are beginning 
to change the face of Bryan College 
by offering the community and the 
world a new glimpse of the college 
through this entrance. Bryan College 
has adhered to the principles of the 
founders of putting Christ first while 
maintaining commitment to rigorous 
academic standards. While the face of 
the college is changing, the heart of the 
college is not." 

Student Government President 
Rachel Welch said students are 

Dr. Livesay addresses the 
crowd at the groundbreaking 

excited about the new entrance and 
are grateful to those who have made 
it possible. Echoing Sen. Yager, she 
called Bryan "a great marriage of 
academic excellence and authentic 

Dr. Livesay said the entrance is 
being made possible by the gifts of 
alumni and friends of the college, 
including faculty and staff who 
contribute more than $3,000 monthly 
through payroll deductions. 

Alumni Director David 
Tromanhauser, '80, who has 
spearheaded fundraising efforts for 
the entrance since he took his position 
in 2008, said he is excited about 
the way alumni have responded to 
calls to support the entrance. "From 
competition between classes, from 
special class projects to individual 
gifts, I have been thrilled with the way 
alumni have realized that the new 
entrance is going to happen and that it 
is the key to more exciting steps at the 
college," he said. 

On this page is a list of the top 10 
gifts by class. "I'm impressed that 
the Class of 2008 has already given 
or pledged more than $6,300 for this 
project," Mr. Tromanhauser said. 
"They're fresh out of school and are 
way ahead of most other classes." 

Classes — or individuals — who 
contribute $25,000 to the new entrance 
project may have a concrete lion, with 
their information on it, mounted in a 
tasteful manner along the half-mile 
drive from U.S. 27 to campus. 

"Karen Warren came to Bryan in 
1979, and spent two years here before 
she had to leave to pursue her major. 

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speech pathology, elsewhere/' Mr. 
Tromanhauser said. ''She loved 
Bryan, and still does. When she 
attended an alumni meeting at the 
home of Janet (Ardelean) Schmidt, 
'81, in Houston, Texas, she was so 
excited by what she heard that on the 
way home she called and asked if she 
could fund a lion, or at least cover 
the balance for the Class of 1981 to 
get a lion. She hasn't been back to 
campus in many years, but now she's 
planning to come for homecoming. 
I think she'll enjoy the drive up the 

Rather than a lion, the Class of 
1974 has accepted the challenge to 
raise $35,000 to pay for the brick 
gateway that will mark the entrance 
close to the highway. Dave Seera, 
class president and husband of 
Trustee Betty Ruth (Barrows), said 
some of his classmates were hesitant 
about the "lion thing," but he jumped 
at the chance to promote the gateway 

"He was going to write a letter 
encouraging his classmates to come 
back for their 35th reunion," Mr. 
Tromanhauser said. "But then he 
wanted to include the gateway 
funding as part of the letter. Class 
members are hard at work to make 
sure that part of the entrance is ready 
in October." 

Actually, David Barbour, '81, 
has given the gateway a boost by 
donating all precast concrete for that 
project through his architectural 
precast concrete manufacturing 

Competition, lions, and projects 

are part of the fund-raising efforts; 
individual gifts are the bedrock upon 
which the project is built. 

"We have an alum from the late 
'60's who has given $25,000 as a 
matching gift, and is considering 
another gift in that amount," Mr. 
Tromanhauser said. "Individual 
gifts, no matter what the size, are 
important for two reasons. First, 
there are a number of 'finishing 
touches' that were not included in the 
basic construction plan and funding, 
and we would like to see the entrance 
finished in all its beautiful details. 

"Second, alumni giving is a critical 
measure of the health of a college. 
I have heard some alums say they 
have not given because they have 
not been asked. Well, I want you to 
know that we need your support for 
this new entrance and other projects. 
Your gift is a vote of confidence 
in the future of Bryan College. It 
is so important that when we ask 
foundations and major donors to 
contribute large amounts, we are able 
to tell them that our alumni are on 

"The new entrance is a project that 
has started Bryan moving toward 
the goals of Vision 2020, and we 
need your help to accomplish this 
ambitious plan." 

To see regular updates on 
construction progress, visit the 
Bryan web site at 

Dr. Livesay introduces 
State Sen. Ken Yager. 

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Income Through 

Family and friends and a desire to contribute to the 
Lord's work made purchasing a Charitable Gift 
Annuity a good idea for James and Monica Craig. 

Mr. and Mrs. Craig knew about Bryan because of his 
work as a high school counselor and through the testimony 
of a friend, the late Bonnie Pratt, '5S. ''She recommended 
Bryan, and that was one of the reasons we decided on Bryan 
for our son," Mr. Craig said. 

Dan Craig, '83, came to college and "met his wife at 
the Bryan match factory," his father said, and Dan and 
Linda (Lambert), '82, "have given us three wonderful 

Mr. Craig never attended Bryan, but spent 21 of his 33 
years in education as a high school counselor and researched 
colleges carefully so he could recommend schools to his 
students. His research, the testimony of Miss Pratt, and his 
son's experience convinced him Bryan is a good choice. 

"We've visited there a few times and were inspired by 
the college, and by what I read in Bryan Life. I recommended 
Bryan to students who would benefit there," he said. 

While he worked in education as a teacher — "I taught 
every grade from fifth through 12th" — counselor, and 
assistant principal, he also worked Saturdays and summers 
as an immigration inspector at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. 
After he retired from teaching in 1993, he worked full- 
time until 1999, when he recorded his 30th year with the 
immigration service. 

A bout with prostate cancer led to his decision to retire, 
and the immigration service retired his badge. "That is 

like a baseball 

team retiring a 

player's jersey," 

he explained. "It's 

quite an honor." 

But retirement did 

not diminish his interest in Bryan. 

He and Mrs. Craig determined that they wanted to 
support the college in a lasting way, so they decided to 
purchase a Charitable Gift Annuity. 

"We didn't do this for financial gain," he said. "We did 
it to help Bryan. It's a good way to save money, get a little 
money, and help the Lord's work. Give to the Lord, save a 
little, get a little income; what more could we ask for? It's a 
win-win situation." 

Jim Barth, Bryan's director of planned giving, said Mr. 
Craig's explanation of the value of a Charitable Gift Annuity 
is right on target. "A Charitable Gift Annuity is a great way 
to make a lasting contribution to Bryan College while at 
the same time locking in investment income at a rate that 
is much better than what is available through most other 
sources and not having to depend on the ups and downs 
of the market. There also can be significant tax savings 
from both the purchase of the annuity and on the quarterly 

For more information about charitable gift annuities or 
other planned giving opportunities, contact Mr. Barth at or call 423-775-7280. 

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Mr. Bernie Belisle and Dr. Mel Wilhoit 

took a group of 29 students and friends 
of the college to London for 10 days after 
Christmas on a theater and fine arts tour. 

Dr. Paul Doling, Dr. Jud Davis, Dr. 
Scott Jones, Dr. Doug Kennard, Dr. Drew 
Randle, and Dr. Ken Turner attended the 
Evangelical Theological Society meeting 
in Providence, R.I., in November. Papers 
were presented by Dr. Davis — "Acts 2 and 
the Old Testament: The Pentecost Event 
in Light of Sinai, Babel, and the Table of 
Nations''; Dr. Kennard — 'Tnstances of 
Covenant Nomism in Second Temple 
Judaisms''; and Dr. Turner — "Moses on 
the New Perspective: Does Deuteronomy 
Teach Covenant Nomism?" 

Mr. Tom Davis was interviewed by 
a reporter from the Time magazine web 
site about the college's and community's 
response to the bicentennial of Charles 
Darwin's birthday in February. 

Mr. Bill Harle presented a paper, 
"Sharpening the Whale Bone of Change: 
Transforming Traditional Intellectualism 
through Organic Writing Center Practice," 
at the Southeastern Writing Center Asso- 
ciation's annual conference in February. 

Mrs. Kim Keck successfully defended 
her dissertation proposal at Boston Univer- 
sity in December. In January, she presented 
a paper to the Georgia Music Educators 
Association in Savannah, Ga., based on 
her dissertation project, "Secondary Music 
Teacher Preparation on the Changing Male 
Voice: An Examination of Methods and 
Materials in the Vocal Track Music Educa- 
tion Degree Program of Seven Tennessee 
State Universities." 

Dr. Doug Kennard received his third 
published professional review of his book 

Messiah Jesus: Christology in His Day and 
Ours (2008) in New Testament Abstracts 
52:3(2008): 613. He also has published 

a peer-reviewed and requested article: 
"Hebrew Metaphysic: Life, Holy, Clean, 
Righteousness, and Sacrifice," in Answers 
Research Journal 1(2008): 169-196. This 
article was requested from parts that made 
up two academic papers presented this 
past summer. 

Dr. Bill Ketchersid's book review of 
Noah A. Trudeau's Southern Storm: Sher- 
man's March to the Sea, is scheduled to 
appear in the spring edition of the Journal 
of Southern History. He and Mr. Tom Davis 
were interviewed by a BBC Radio cor- 
respondent concerning the Scopes Trial 
for the network's coverage of the Charles 
Darwin bicentennial. 

Dr. Ray Legg and his wife, Margie 
Legg, led a retreat, "Fireproofing your 
Marriage," for members of Garrison Bap- 
tist Church in Dayton in January. Dr. Legg 
also attended a conference, "The Poetics 
of Conflict and Reconciliation," at Bridge- 
water (Va.) College in October. He read a 
paper titled "The Devil's Advocate? The 
Vanity of Human Wishes from Solomon to 
Al Pacino." 

Dr. Jeff Myers was keynote speaker 
for the Association of Christian Schools 
International (ACSI) in Chicago; for the 
National Catholic Educators Association 
Deans Conference in San Francisco; and 
for a Passing the Baton program at Dade 
Christian School in Miami in February. 
In January, he spoke to the K-Life annual 
staff retreat in Branson, Mo.; the Young 
Emerging Leaders retreat and the ACSI in 
Minneapolis, Minn.; and the Educational 
Policy Conference for the Constitutional 
Coalition in St. Louis, Mo. 

Mrs. Tami Tullberg attended the 
Tennessee Association of College Stores 
conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was 
asked to serve another year on the board of 
directors. She also published her first book, 
geared to young mothers. And Baby Makes 

Three. . .and Tour. . .and Tive. . .and Six. 

Dr. Ken Turner has published an article: 
"The Kindness of God: A Theological Re- 
flection on the Meaning of Min, 'Kind,'" in 
Genesis Kinds: Creationism and the Origin 
of Species. CORE Issues in Creation, no. 5. 
He read a paper with the same title at the 
Genesis Kinds conference in Hertfordshire, 
England, sponsored by the Center for Ori- 
gins Research, in February. Also attending 
the conference were Dr. Todd Wood, Dr. 
Roger Sanders, Mrs. Connie Sanders, and 
Miss Stephanie Mace. Dr. Wood presented 
a paper titled "Natura Facit Saltum: The 
Case for Discontinuity," and Dr. Sanders' 
paper was titled "Oceanic Islands and their 
plants as a test of post-Flood speciation." 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit directed the Bryan 
Brass Chorale and the Flute Ensemble in a 
program at the Hunter Museum in Chat- 
tanooga to open its Christmas season, and 
sang with the Chattanooga Opera Cho- 
rus in a performance of Pucinni's opera 
"Turandot," in November. In December he 
played trumpet in the Symphony of Praise 
Orchestra for the Christmas concerts at 
First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. 

Dr. Gary Fitsimmons has been named 
director of library services and professor 
of information literacy. He comes to Bryan 
from Cisco Junior College, Cisco, Texas, 
where he served as director of library ser- 

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Center For 

Law and' 
Public Policy 

From ''economic stimulus'' to "homo- 
sexual marriage," a host of issues 
confront Americans, and news media 
provide a range of commentary and analy- 
sis across the political spectrum. 

Missing from that discussion, in the 
view of Prof. Kevin Clauson, is a voice 
speaking "from a legal, ethical, consti- 
tutional, and biblical perspective." That 
voice is what he hopes to provide through 
the new William Jennings Bryan Center 
for Law and Public Policy. New at Bryan 
this spring. Dr. Clauson said he hopes the 
new center can emulate the contribution 
William Jennings Bryan made at the turn 
of the 20th century and beyond. 

"William Jennings Bryan was one of 
the most significant statesmen of his time, 
and he lived among giants such as Teddy 
Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. He was 
an outstanding statesman who believed 
what he was doing was applied Christi- 
anity. That's what we want to say we are 
doing," he explained. 

Unlike Mr. Bryan who was a partisan 
political figure, the Center for Law and 
Public Policy will approach issues in a 
non-partisan manner. "What we want to 
get out to the public is a Christian view, 
a 'worldview view,' not a Republican or 
Democratic party or even a conservative or 
liberal view (ideologies which are vague 
and changeable over time, though their 
oldest definitions each had good aspects), 
but a thoughtful, logical. Christian view of 
an issue. The thing that is hard to establish 
in print and speech is being an advocate 
for evangelicalism and constitutionalism 
instead of any party or candidate. We're 
not attaching ourselves to a particular label 
or agenda. We will look at these issue by 
issue and analyze them from the perspec- 
tive of a Christian worldview and the 

Prof. Clauson pointed out that Mr. 
Bryan "would be an anomaly today. He 
probably would not fit with either major 
party. He was against imperialism, so he 
probably would have opposed the Repub- 
licans on the Iraq war, and he would not 
have supported the Democrats on issues 
such as abortion. 

"We want to be an analyst in the same 

way, in that we are not trying to fit into 
one niche or another. We will say what we 
believe based on what we believe is right. 
Arguing from a constitutional perspec- 
tive, many people will make the assump- 
tion that we are conservatives. That is not 
necessarily true, though we might end up 
on that side on a given issue. Constitution- 
alism and the Rule of Law are historically 
Christian concepts and practices that hold 
governments in check and help to insure 
true liberty." 

This "third way" offers Bryan College 
a way to engage culture without falling 
into a partisan pigeonhole. "Evangelicals 
used to be independent of parties so they 
could be an almost 'prophetic' voice to the 
culture. But people like Jerry Falwell saw 
problems and saw the Republican party as 
the party to deal with." 

In ensuing years, the "religious right" 
became identified with the Republican par- 
ty, losing its ability to speak in a non-par- 
tisan manner, even becoming so entangled 
with one political party that one might 
argue that the national party co-opted it. 
By commenting from a biblical and consti- 
tutional perspective. Dr. Clauson hopes the 
center can critique issues without having 
to defend a partisan position. 

"We have had so many years of no 
(Supreme Court justices) following the 
constitution no matter who appointed 
them," he said. "There is a whole collection 
of decisions handed down which the jus- 
tices feel they can't overturn because they 
feel that would create chaos or animosity 
toward the court. For example, one of the 
areas the Supreme Court let Congress and 
Presidents get away with things has had to 
do with war. There has not been a declara- 
tion of war since World War II, but there 
have been vague resolutions, and much 
Presidential discretion (and a number of 
wars, large and small) instead of Congres- 
sional deliberation and votes on whether 
to go to war or not. I think that is one area 
liberals (and a few "old-style" conserva- 
tives) agree with us, that we need to hold 
Congress and Presidents accountable." 

Prof. Clauson has set down a five-point 
plan to bring the center into prominence: 
• One conference per year with a major 

public policy theme such as health care or 
economic bail-outs. 

• One presentation per year by a signifi- 
cant policy maker or expert (not topical). 

• A forum for Bryan professors to discuss 
an issue in depth. 

• A speakers bureau, providing individu- 
als able to articulate the center's position 
on particular issues. "This means," he said, 
"we have to develop our perspectives." 

• A "substantive" newsletter addressing 
issues rather than events and doing it in 
an easy-to-understand style and format 
(online and /or in-print). 

"A lot of these activities are designed 
to appeal not just to the outside world but 
to challenge students. I would like to see 
mass participation by students, to help 
them develop their thinking abilities — and 
then maybe go into public service with ap- 
plied Christianity." 

For more information about the Center 
for Law and Public Policy, visit the center's 
web site at 

The Bryan Institute 

for Critical Thought and Practice 

Mark your calendar now for future 
senninars presented by the Bryan 
Institute for Critical Thought and 

• Sept. 25-26, 2009: Christ and 

• March 19-20, 2010: Psychology and 
the Bible 

• Fall 2010: The Persecuted Church 

Exact titles, speakers, and 
schedules for the seminars will be 
announced before the events. 

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I saw my brother Bill last week. He went to Bryan for a 
year - fall of 1980 through spring of 1981. He was lucky 
to finish the year. My brother intentionally broke every 
rule in the Handbook, or at least tried. He got most of 'em, 
for sure. Full of energy and full of himself, he had many 
friends on campus. 

Today is a different story. Three major back surgeries 
have left him permanently disabled. He is facing a total hip 
replacement. Personal trials have left him alone. Because of 
that, he rarely takes a trip down Memory Lane. Too much 
pain there. 

Being the loving older brother, I took him back to his 
days here. I threw out the names of Bo Clem, "Sauce,'' Mary 
Tucker, Dean Ropp, Jeff Ryan, and more. A smile appeared. 
He wanted to know where they were, what they were up to, 
that kind of thing. All of a sudden, he was enjoying Memory 

Then he said something profound. If you know Bill, he 
and "profound" rarely collide in the same sentence. He said, 
"David, when I left, I left too soon. I left too quickly. I never 
got to say goodbye. I never got closure." 

That tugged at my heartstrings. How many of us have 
felt that same way? We never got to say goodbye like 
we wanted. I never got to tell Jim Soyster how much I 
appreciated his example on and off the soccer field. I never 
told Doc Spoede, Dr. Traylor, and Dr. Ketchersid how much 
I appreciated their approach to teaching. Very different. 

but very complementary. I never thanked Coach Reeser 
for letting me play soccer, even though I had never played 
before. Shoot, I never told Anna Barth how much I admired 
her! (Made up for it later — much later!) 

Oh, sorry. I forgot to tell you about those friends. David 
"Sauce" Salyer is an attorney in Ohio. Mary Tucker Simcic is 
married and raising two daughters in Los Gatos, Calif. She 
left Bryan and went into nuclear medicine. She married a 
man who is an expert in that field. Bo Clem is VP at a bank 
in Harlan, Ky He has two daughters, ages 10 and 16. He was 
just ordained as a deacon in his church. Jeff Ryan is partner 
in a law firm of 25 attorneys in Dallas. He is married to a 
wonderful lady and has two children. (Yes, he still loves the 
Cowboys!) Dean Ropp married Cherie Watkins, is pastor of 
Midway Community Church in the Atlanta area, and has 
three children. Still leading by word and deed. 

Are you looking for "closure?" I have a better idea. Come 
to Homecoming this year, and "un-close" those friendships. 
There is no need to close them; just turn the page and go to 
the next chapter in your life, bringing your friends with you. 
Pull up your reserved seat at the table of fellowship at Bryan 
College. From what I hear, this Homecoming is going to be 
something special. 

In His Grace, 


David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 



Atlanta, Charlotte 


DC, New Jersey, New York 


Indionopolis, Chicago, 
Detroit, Columbus, 
Grand Rapids 


Orlando, Miami, 
St. Petersburg, 
West Palm Beach 


Dallas, Houston 

For more information go to 

Christ Above All 






Mark your calendars to 

join your classmates in 

this once-in-a-lifetime 

celebration. You will be 

honored with a Golden 

Diploma during the — 

Bryan College Commencement. 

for more information go to or 
to the online community at 
Reservations are required and we encourage 
you to make hotel reservations early. 

Eileen and Harold Jones 

Shirley and Ted ]<Jin§smith 


EILEEN (MELLICK), '51x, and 

Harold JONES celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary Aug. 31, 2008. 
Eileen and Harold have four children, 
and their granddaughter. Heather 
Jones, is a sophomore at Bryan this 

SHIRLEY (SMILEY), '57, and 
Ted KLINGSMITH celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary Dec. 27, 
2008, with a reception hosted by their 
children in Denver, Colo. 



BURBY, both '83, live in Westerville, 
Ohio. They have two boys. Will, a 
sophomore in college, and Ethan, a 

fifth grader at Worthington Christian 
Elementary School. In spring of 2008, 
Will attended Saints Bible Institute in 
Italy with 15 Bryan College students 
and loved it. Last year Ethan's teacher 
BURBY, '89, and TRACY (BURBY) 
RETTSTATT, '84, also teach there. Rick 
owns insurance agencies in Columbus 
and Newark, Ohio. Susan is a director 
of student services at Worthington 
Christian Middle School. Rick has 
really enjoyed connecting with old 
friends at homecoming and through 
Facebook. Worthington Christian 
Schools has a few BC alums on staff. 
High School principal TOM ANGLEA 
'84; middle school PE and former 
high school soccer coach CHUCK 
GRANT, '76; middle school health and 
PE and former high school volleyball 
WEYG ANDT, '83; pre-school teacher 

'85; assistant baseball coach DOUG 
MEYERS, '85; high school math 
and former basketball and assistant 
volleyball coach KARY (BURBY) 
BARNES, '91. 

CHERYL BRYANT, '84, and Mario 
Giguere were married Oct. 7, 2006, and 
announce the birth of their son, Elliot 
Joseph, on Sept. 7, 2008. The Giguere 
family lives in Brossard, Quebec, 

visited Bryan with her husband, Tim, 
and children, Jonathan and Sarah, 
after Thanksgiving. They serve in 
Mozambique with Africa Inland 
Mission and are on home assignment 
living in Arlington Heights, 111. 


JAMES PROUT, '92, was 

promoted to vice president of sales 

The giguere family 

Aedan Prout 

The MulJjns family 

Olivia Rowand 

Matthew and Joshua Xress 

for MagnaServe Enterprises in 2008. 
His company provides a variety of 
MRI and CT services to hospitals, 
imaging centers and asset management 
companies across the U.S. He and 
his wife, DENISE (TRUSSLER), 
'91, have five children: Hannah, 16; 
Sarah, 15; Trenton, 9; Abigail, 7; and 
Aedan, 5. Denise is entering her 
25th year of coaching high school 
gymnastics in Northeast Ohio where 
they live. Hannah, Sarah, and Abby are 
competitive gymnasts and Trenton and 
Aedan are soccer players. The Fronts 
live near his brother and sister-in-law, 
PROUT, both '94, and see them and 
their children, Kirsten and Lydia, 

SHONDA (TOMPKINS), '96, and 
Jeremy KNOWLTON announce the 
birth of their son, Shrade Joseph, on 
Nov 27, 2008. Shrade weighed 9 lb., 
13 oz. and was 21 inches long. The 

Knowltons live in Tacoma, Wash., 
where Shonda is a stay-at-home mom 
after 12 years of teaching, and Jeremy 
is employed as a quality control 
technician for McFarland Cascade 
Lumber Co. 

MELINDA (SNEAD), '98, and Matt 
ROWAND announce the birth of their 
daughter, Olivia Joy, on Nov. 9, 2007. 
Olivia weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz., and was 19 
3/4 in long. The Rowand family lives 
in Suwanee, Ga., where Melinda works 
part-time at North Point Community 
Church as an event planner, and 
Matt works at SunTrust Bank in the 
corporate office. 

MATTHEW, '99, and Kristin 
GILMAN announce the birth of their 
son, Jude Matthew, on Nov 8, 2008. 
Jude weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and was 
20 inches long. He joins big brother 
Blake Alden, 2 1/2. The Gilmans live 
in Richmond, Va., where Matthew is 
operations manager at Richclean and 

Kristin is a senior financial analyst and 
CPA at Ukrop's Super Markets. 

MARINA (CRUZ), '99, and Kevin 
KRESS announce the birth of their 
son, Joshua Andrew, on Oct. 27, 2008. 
Joshua weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. He joins 
big brother Matthew, 3. The Kress 
family lives in Ooltewah, Tenn., where 
Kevin continues to work at CIGNA 
Healthcare and Marina is a full-time 


JOSH, '00, and CHRISTA 
(NEELEY), '01, MULLINS announce 
the birth of their son, David Robert, 
on Dec. 15, 2008. David weighed 7 
lbs., 4 oz., and was 21 inches long. The 
Mullins family lives in Hixson, Tenn. 

named girls' soccer Coach of the Year 
by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 

Shrade Xpowlton 

The Qilman Family 

Lindsay and 5rant Taylor 

Memphis Qalyon 

December. Moises, in his eighth year as 
coach of the Soddy-Daisy Lady Trojans, 
led his team to the state sectionals and 
earned an 18-2-1 record. The Lady 
Trojans were District 6 and Region 
3- AAA champions. 

SHANNON (KILGORE), '01, and 
Pete GALYON announce the birth of 
their son, Memphis Dominic, on April 
14, 2008. Shannon is a second grade 
teacher at Silverdale Baptist Academy 
in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Galyon 
family lives in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. 

SAM, '02, and Stephanie 
KOSTRE VA announce the birth of 
their second daughter, Gretchen Holly, 
on Oct. 24, 2008. Gretchen weighed 8 
lbs., 8 oz., and was 21 % inches long. 
She joins big sister Hannah, 2. The 
Kostrevas live in Monroe, N.C., where 
Sam works for Wall Watchers as a 
database administrator and research 
associate, and Stephanie is a stay-at- 

5retchen l^ostreva 

home mom. 

HENDERSON, both '02, announce 
the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie 
Khary on March 31, 2008. Mackenzie 
joins big brother Gavin, 2. Also, 
David received his Ph.D. degree 
in philosophy from Texas A&M 
University in August 2008, and 
is teaching at Western Carolina 
University in Cullowhee, N.C. 

KATIE WHITE, '04, and Caleb 
Wiles were married Nov. 18, 2006, in 
Huntsville, Ala. The couple lives in 
Fayetteville, Tenn., where Katie teaches 
Spanish and English as a Second 
Language while working on a Master's 
degree in Spanish at Middle Tennessee 
State University. Caleb is a full-time 
college student. 

LINDSAY WOODS, '08, and Grant 
Taylor were married Nov. 8, 2008, in 
Wacahoota, Fla., near Lindsay's home 

of Ocala. Her sisters, current student 
Taylor Woods and Delaney Woods, 
served as maids of honor. BLAKELEY 
a photographer, and AUDREY 
PORTER, '07x, assisted with the 
wedding. Grant serves in the U.S. Air 
Force and is cross-training from gunner 
to pararescue jumper under the Air 
Force Special Operations command. 
Lindsay teaches at St. John Lutheran 
School. They expect to relocate to 
Albuquerque, N.M., in May to be 
stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base for 
the next two years. While there. Grant 
will attend medical school and Lindsay 
will pursue a Master's degree. 

l^atie and Caleb Wiles 


Murphysboro, 111., died in November 

i LAUREN HOYT, '51, of Simpson- 
ville, S.C, died in March, 2007 

'51x, of Fremont, Ohio, died March 28, 

Warsaw, Ind., died June 5, 2008. 

FLOYD KELLEY, '64, of Dayton, 

Term., died Nov. 17, 2008. 


of Cross ville, Tenn., died June 6, 2008. 

DOROTHY MILLER, '68, of Kim- 
ball, Mich., died Jan. 10, 2009. 

Dayton, Tenn., died Feb. 17. 


Dayton, Tenn., died Aug. 16, 2008. 

VIOLET GATHER, 86H, of Day- 
ton, Tenn., died Nov 28, 2008. 

YVONNE WEST, '03, of Bellevue, 
Neb., died Sept. 3, 2008. 

Keep in Touch 

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career nnove, added a 
nnennber to your fannily, or 
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Alumni Chapters 

Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dallas, TX 

Officers: Dawn Hoffman, '89 
Laurie Anderson Thames, '80 
Jeff Ryan, '84 

Dayton, OH 


Jackie Griffin Perseghetti, '82 

Detroit, MI 

Officer: Nancy Aldrich Ruark, '80 

Grand Rapids, MI 

Officers: Dr. Ron, '65, 

and Lois Groeneveld, '64, Zartman 

Houston, TX 

Officers: Karin Warren Chase, '83 

Janet Ardelean Schmidt, '81 

Kansas City, MO 
Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 

Knoxville, TN 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Miami / WPB, FL 
Officer: Debbie Martinez 
Donovan, '79 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 

Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

Philadelphia, PA 
Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 

Barry Gilman, '69 

Tampa / St. Pete., FL 
Officers: Sylvia Maye, '78 
Scott Hooker, '82 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 


Ginny Seguine Schatz, '54 

Bud Schatz, '56 

Faith Heitzer, '69 

Joe Runyon, '79 

Tom Branson, '80 

Ed Fickley '89 

Barton Stone, '05 

For information about your 
alumni chapter or to help organize 
a chapter in your area, contact 
the Alumni Office by email at or by phone at 

Christ Above All 23 



by Lyrle (Cue) Culver '57 

My Bryan memories are many and varied and seem 
to become more vivid as time passes. Since the 
recent home-going of my husband, I have made 
a concerted effort to contact former classmates which has 
brought back many memories. 

My earliest memory upon arriving on campus with my 
sister, Sandy, returning for her junior year, were the girls 
running screaming past me to greet Sandy. I felt a little left 
out, but learned in the years to come that I would become 
part of that excitement with the great reunion of friends as 
we arrived on campus from all parts of the country. 

I almost did not return after that first Christmas break as 
I nearly succeeded in failing Old Testament Survey taught 
by Dr. Rader. The saying went, ''if you dropped your pencil 
in her class you would lose a whole page of notes.'' It was 
quite embarrassing later in life as a pastor's wife for over 30 
years, to admit that I nearly flunked Bible 101. 

I became a Biological Science major and studied under 
Dr. Rouch (botany) and Dr. Henning (zoology). Due to a 
limited budget and Dr. Henning' s frugality, he would bring 
in road kill for us to dissect; from those humble beginnings 
grew his museum. We once dissected a dead pregnant cat 
with three unborn kittens. I was also his assistant my senior 
year and he captured frogs which I had to force-feed bits of 
liver to keep them alive until their turn to be dissected. He 
was a great teacher and a Godly man. 

Miss Rouch, who later became Dr. Woughter, used 
her students in her ecology class to help gather facts for 
her doctorate. We went into the Smoky Mountains, laid a 

transect, then 

recorded all the 

growth from 

ground cover to 

mature trees for 

several feet on 

either side of the 

line. I had the greatest fun and learning experiences in those 

science classes. We even went spelunking, and disturbed 

a mess of bats that tried to beat us back out the opening. 

I think we won! Due to Dr. Woughter 's encouragement 

and challenge to be a Christian teacher in the public school 

system, I taught junior high science in my home town. 

Part of Bryan life was the intramural sports. There was 
great competition and good fun. In my freshman year, our 
class was out to beat the junior class which was extremely 
athletic, and of course, my sister was among the best. We 
were a challenge to them, but in the end they came out 

The most useful and practical education that saw me 
through the church-ministry years of my life were the Bible 
classes which were required each quarter, the practical 
Christian education assignments in the public schools, the 
chapels and speakers, spiritual emphasis week, missionary 
emphasis week, and the prayer groups that focused on 
different fields across the world. These were taught by 
Godly men and women who were serious Bible scholars, 
and truly cared for the students and their spiritual life. 

Thank God for my Bryan education in all areas of my life. 

Writers Wanted 

If you have been graduated from Bryan for more 
than 50 years and would like to share memories of your 
time on the Hill with Bryan Life readers, please write 
between 300 and 400 words and send them to Bryan 
Life, Bryan College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, TN 37321 or 
email to alumni(g) Please include a current 
picture of yourself. While we can't promise to publish 
every submission, we will consider all for publication in 
future editions of Bryan Life. 

Christ Above All 



^'^ rl 

"^ .m ^ 

► ^Honor ana Memorv ,, 


, *■ .^»« 

"...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good -"*, f^lP^ 
works and glorify your Father in heaven. " Matthew 5:16 ..-I-i^^i 

received from 

James C. Anderson 

in memory o\ 

Harriet Anderson 


Dr. John C. Anderson 

Jan Green, Beth Lewis, 

Mary Miller & Edna Davidson 

Ralph Toliver 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

Ralph Toliver 

Emma C. Toliver 

Ralph Toliver 

Kenneth & Alice Hurley 

Rachel Hurley 

Richard & Renee Woods 

Jose Vega 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

Violet Gather 

Laura Gather 

Violet Gather 

William "Preacher" Gather 

Ruth Ross 

Gharlotte Jensen 

Gharles & Theda Thomas 


Gharles & Theda Thomas 

Nancy Wilson 

Gharles & Theda Thomas 

Mrs. Louise Madewell 

Richard & Donna Gomelius 

Ralph & Rebecca Toliver 

Donald & Evelyn Freeland 

Ted & Alice Mercer 

Timothy Boeddeker 

Keith Kiser 

Graig Walvatne 

Vivian Ruth (McBride) Walvatne 

Jean Sentz Tobelmann 

Dr. Irving Jensen 

William & Garol Williamson Yeary 

Rev. Earl Williamson 

R. Wayne Snider 

Dr. Beatrice Batson 

Ruth Ann Borduin 

Ted Borduin 

Mr. William A. Venable III 

Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Venable, Jr. 

Winney Davie 

Mrs. Gladys Traylor 

Drs. Galvin & Deborah White 

Mrs. Gladys Traylor 

Scott & Janice Pendergrass 

Mrs. Gladys Traylor 

Wayne & Phyllis Dixon 

Mrs. Gladys Traylor 

Dr. & Mrs. John W. R Oliver 

Dr. Harold J. Franz 

Gonstance Boeddeker 

Ted & Alice Mercer 

Mildred Ross 

Linda Minter Peterson 

Stephen Goehring 

Malcom Hester 

Thomas & Mary Frances Garlson 

Violet Gather, Gharlotte Jensen 

Ann Wildem Morgan 

Ralph Toliver, Nannie Reece 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Sullivan, Jr. 

Glyde Boeddeker 

Gonstance M. Boeddeker 

Linda Minter Peterson 

Daniel G. Boeddeker 

Dr. Theodore G. Mercer 

Mildred Ross 

Alice Mercer, Keith Kiser 

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Famsworth, Jr. 

Gharlotte Jensen, Violet Gather 

Andrew & Nancy Boeddeker 

Stephen Goehring, Stephen Parcell 

Jack "Fig" Newton 

Steve & Vicky Smith 

Gharlotte Jensen, Irving L. Jensen 

Jack Newton, Ted & Alice Mercer 





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